Every golfer needs a full-scale approach to playing his/her best. The right equipment, a good coach, a positive mindset and proper nutrition are crucial for hitting long and scoring low. One easy way to improve your performance is to start including more healthy fats. Natural fats help burn body fat, increase nutrient absorption, and provide the essential long-lasting energy needed to sustain a course-record-breaking round.
- Support Fat Loss
The truth is, eating fat does not make you fat. Eating too many processed and refined foods high in carbs and sugars make you fat. Natural fats are actually your best friend for fat loss as they provide high satiation, increase nutrient absorption, stabilize blood sugar levels and balance hormones.
- Stabilize Blood Sugar
Fats have zero effect on your blood sugar levels, making them ideal for reducing body fat, preventing diabetes and balancing hormones. Add natural fats at every meal and with snacks to maintain even energy throughout your round.
- Provide High Satiation
Eating fat stimulates the release of leptin, a hunger hormone that tells your brain when you’re “full.” This is why fat is highly satiating, helps prevent overeating, reduces cravings and keeps you full long after you eat.
- Drastically Improves Flavor
Natural fats make everything taste better, including vegetables. Adding a little natural fat to your veggies will make it a lot easier to eat more veg.
- Increase Nutrient Absorption
Studies show adding fat to your food actually increases the nutrient content of your meal and improves the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), omega-3s, protein and minerals.
- Balance Hormones Naturally
Fats, including cholesterol, are used to make hormones. Fat is crucial for male and female reproductive health. Eating too few or the wrong kinds of fats can cause infertility, PMS and early menopause in women, while causing low testosterone and infertility in men.
- Boost Brain Functioning
The human brain is nearly 60 percent fat, particularly essential fatty acids like omega-3s. These fats control everything from cognitive function to focus.
- Strengthen Immune System
Saturated fats such as those found in butter, coconut oil, and red palm oil contain beneficial fatty acids such as butyric acid, lauric acid and myristic acid. These unique fats are anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, which support a healthy gut and strong immune system.
- Improve Joints & Bones
Fats provide joint lubrication. They’re also are essential for absorbing fat soluble vitamins and metabolizing calcium for healthy bones.
How to Include Healthy Fats
- Cook with unrefined coconut oil or pastured butter
- Add pastured butter to coffee
- Dress salads with extra virgin olive oil
- Include more wild salmon, sardines and sustainable seafood
- Snack on organic nuts, seeds, nut butters, or olives
- Opt for full-fat organic dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt, kefir, etc.
- Enjoy more avocados
- Swap low-fat milk for coconut milk
- Include eggs, nitrate-free bacon/sausage at breakfast
Cate Ritter runs THE LEAN 18 Nutrition program at MTT Performance, A Golf Channel Academy located in Pebble Beach, CA. She can be reached at email@example.com